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The Hunter's Prey Paperback – Feb 7 2006
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About the Author
Diane Whiteside is the author of The Irish Devil and other erotic romances.
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The Great Chicken Roost: a tale of Jean-Marie St. Just
The Great Chicken Roost is the story of a southern woman who gets into trouble when she sleeps with an older man and winds up pregnant. Unable to find respectable work, she winds up working as a boarder (read: prostitute) at a brothel. The madam their has strict rules about which customers can stay overnight, how long a girl can keep a man in her room, and which customers get better treatment than others. Our narrator ingratiates herself with her mistress and the other boarders when she brings home a blond vampire she calls Jimmy, who scares away a local politician notorious for terrorizing the girls. As an added bonus, Jimmy teaches the narrator that her job doesn't always have to be work.
Thirtieth Birthday: a tale of Ethan Templeton
On a man's 30th birthday, his wife gives him a present he's been longing for a long time: the opportunity to see another man make love to her. Told in the first person, from the husband's point of view, this is the story of how a husband and wife search for the perfect guest star in their bedroom and fulfill their fantasies with a virtual stranger. Ethan Templeton, the vampire in the story, is stronger, more dangerous, and more demanding than our hero narrator, and reading about him breaking down the walls between this couple was enticing to the extreme.
The Morning After: a tale of Don Rafael Perez, Ethan Templeton, and Jean-Marie St. Just
The Morning After is basically a Sex and the City-esque brunch with a group of girlfriends who are rehashing the fun they had at a Halloween party the night before. The story is short, sweet, and to the point, without going into excessive detail about their hookups with a group of vampires who infiltrated their party. However, reading about the women's different reactions to their erstwhile beaus, noting that some are blushing, some are reliving the moment even as they try to put it behind them, and others want to keep it private and sacred--refusing to tell, is entertaining enough without all the gory details.
This collection of stories is varied and insightful. Whiteside seems to have a very compelling take on the vampire myth, and I look forward to reading the first novel in her Texas Vampires series, Bond of Blood: A Novel of Texas Vampires.
Billed as "Texas vampires," which is true, as far as it goes, but someone who sees this and thinks "sexy vampire romance" is going to be disappointed. It's erotica. Period. No happy-ever-after, no world-building, no real character development.
However, it is excellent erotica.
The stories follow the same few characters through time. The stories are pretty varied, but they all have a definite erotica tone, not a romance tone, and yet it's not in-your-face crude, either. Very sensual.